RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS TAKE WARNING OF IMPENDING SUPERSTORM
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mex. (INTELLIHUB) — The “largest documented hurricane to ever impact this planet” is expected to make landfall Friday night; striking unevacuated residents and tourists with wind gusts up to 250 mph, says the Weather Channel.
The entire Mexican Pacific Coast is under a “CAT 5″ warning and “catastrophic damage” has already been predicted.
Over 20 inches of rain is expected in the affected areas over the next 12 to 24 hours and a 30 foot storm surge is expected offshore.
Hurricane Patricia is currently moving North at a speed of about “14 mph” with a pressure of “900 mb”, according to a Weather Channel update issued at 2:00 p.m. PT. The fact that the pressure has risen from the mid-600’s is good news.
However, make no mistake this storm is far more powerful Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in 2013 killing over 12,000. In fact the storm is anticipated to be so intense that known storm chasers have even turned a cheek.
Heavy rains are expected up in parts of Texas and some counties are even under ‘flash flood warnings’ as far North as Austin.
Flooding has already been reported in Dallas after just 4 inches of rain over 24 hours.
This article originally appeared on Intellihub.